June 14, 2007
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Senior Blakeley Griffith has achieved the highest academic distinction in Lady Vol tennis history, being named ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America Thursday. She is one of just two players in the program to ever earn academic all-America status and the only netter to pick up first-team accolades.
"We are extremely proud of Blakeley for all that she accomplished during her four years at Tennessee," UT co-head coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick said. "Her leadership both on the court and in the classroom was immeasurable and benefited our program greatly. I can say with great confidence that Blakeley will be very successful in all of her future endeavors."
This season, the Middleburg, Va., native, put together a solid 25-16 overall singles record from the top spot in the lineup, including 10 wins over nationally-ranked opponents, en route to Southeastern Conference First Team honors. She concluded her spectacular four-year career at Tennessee among the school's leaders in all-time singles and doubles victories. Griffith finished in a tie for 11th on the school's all-time singles win chart with a career record of 93-60 (.608). She is tied with Debbie Moringiello who amassed a 93-50 (.650) record from 1989-93. On the doubles list, Griffith ranks ninth with a career doubles record of 82-41 (.667).
In the classroom, Griffith finished her academic career with a cumulative 3.96 GPA, while earning a degree in English. She was a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year on two occasions (2005 and 2007). Last year, she claimed ESPN The Magazine Third-Team Academic All-American accolades.
Griffith is one of only two players in the history of the Lady Vol tennis program to be named academic all-American. Emily Woodside also accomplished the feat, claiming GTE Second Team Academic All-America distinction in 1999.
|FIRST TEAM - University Division|
|Sarah Chrzanowski||Eastern Michigan||Sr.||4.00||Elementary Education|
|Kristen Hastrup||Auburn||Jr.||4.00||Biomedical Science|
|Kristi Miller||Georgia Tech||Jr.||4.00||History, Technology & Society|
|Brittney Schumann||Oklahoma||Sr.||3.95||Health & Exercise Science|
|Kristin Brown||Pittsburgh||Sr.||4.00||History of Art and Architecture|
|Karie Walton||Drexel||Sr.||4.00||Biological Science|
|Heidi Hershberger||American University||Gr.||4.00||International Affairs: Foreign Policy|
|Jody Yednock||Northern Illinois||Sr.||4.00||Math, Probability and Statistics|
|Courtney Kupets||Georgia||So.||3.83||Furnishings and Interiors|
|Kate Burdick||Michigan State||Jr.||4.00||Kinesiology|